Kolkata LGBT Pride Festival 2012 season starts with art exhibition
5 June 2012
LGBT collective Kolkata Rainbow Pride Festival (KRPF) is organizing an exhibition of paintings, photographs, posters, video art and pamphlets of NGOs working on gender and sexuality rights. ‘Broadening the Canvas ~ Celebrating Blemishes’ opens on June 9, Saturday, 5 pm. Fifteen artists from India and abroad, and NGOs from different parts of India will be part of this six-day exhibition at the Bengal Art Gallery, ICCR, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. The exhibition will be opened by contemporary dance exponent Sudarshan Chakravorty of Sapphire Creations Dance Workshop. Other eminent names from the city’s art and cultural milieu will also be present.
Curated by Delhi-based art historian and joint secretary of Performers Independent, Rahul Bhattacharya, the exhibition will showcase new directions in visualizing the body and sexuality. In the works of Balbir Krishan, Anuradha Upadhaya, Deepak Tandon, Jayna Mistry, Jose Abad, Mandakini Devi, Manmeet Devgun, Moumita Shaw, Paribartan Mohanty, Prakash Kishore, Rudra Kishore Mandal, Suchismita Ukil, Syed Taufik Riaz, Tapati Choudhury and Vidisha Saini, one will see a new cultural expression. Many of these artists are established, while some are considered to be the best emerging talent in Indian art. Many of the works will also be on sale.
In Rahul Bhattacharya’s words, “The Delhi High Court ruling has undoubtedly opened up new horizons. However, along with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender movements, one cannot ignore the impact of feminism in opening up our understanding of gender and body, and challenging the patriarchal heterosexual framework. Now there is a young generation of artists working with a new freedom for expressing body, gender and sexuality, and this is what ‘Broadening the Canvas’ focuses on”.
The exhibition will be part of KRPF’s 2012 season of “rainbow pride” activities, and will be followed by other events spread over a month. The culmination will be the 11th Rainbow Pride Walk, the oldest of its kind in India and South Asia, in mid July.